WOMEN'S HEALTH

 
 
 
 

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of childbearing age, affecting more than half a million Australian women. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to managing PCOS, particularly when it comes to nutrition and dietary advice.

 

Our dietitians will help to:

  • Clear the confusion and provide you with information and advice based on the latest evidence and current guidelines

  • Support lifestyle changes to help manage your PCOS

  • Answer any question you may have about your condition:​​

    • Does diet impact insulin levels?

    • Which diet/foods/nutrients will assist with managing blood sugars or insulin levels?

    • Are there any supplements that can help with PCOS?

    • Do I need to cut out carbs?

    • Should I be avoiding fruit?

    • Do I need to lose weight to improve my PCOS?

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from Endometriosis. It occurs when cells similar to the lining of the womb (endometrium) are found outside the womb but inside the body; usually in the pelvic area. Excess amounts of the hormone oestrogen help thicken and build up this tissue which we normally shed through our period. But, when these tissues are somewhere else in the body it means that they remain inside the body and can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes fertility problems.

 

Our dietitians can help to answer some of these common questions:

  • Do you need to avoid gluten and dairy to manage my endometriosis?

  • Are there supplements you should be taking?

  • How much bloating is “normal”?

  • Should your bowels habits be changing so much?

  • How do you reduce inflammation in the body?

  • Do you need to eat only organic fruit and vegetables?

  • Are there ways to optimise my fertility with nutrition even if I have endometriosis?

OSTEOPOROSIS & BONE HEALTH

Bones are constantly changing throughout our life – breaking down (resorption) and being renewed (formation). When resorption occurs more quickly than formation, it causes a loss of bone density and strength which is referred to as Osteoporosis (meaning ‘porous bones’). Bones with osteoporosis are weak and fragile which means they can fracture more easily.

Some risk factors for developing Osteoporosis are:

  • Being female

  • Increasing age or going through menopause

  • A family history

  • Certain conditions like Coeliac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and medications used to treat conditions like asthma, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.

 

The foods we eat play an important role in managing, and preventing Osteoporosis. Having enough calcium-rich foods is critical for building strong bones, and in adults to slow down bone loss. Our Dietitians are able to provide you with strategies to minimise the risks associated with Osteoporosis. 

FERTILITY

Your diet can have a huge impact on your chances of falling pregnant and addressing your nutrition as early as 6-12 months before conception can be beneficial on fertility outcomes. 

 

Our dietitians can:

  • Provide nutritional and emotional support to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy

  • Choosing prenatal vitamins and supplements to take before conception

  • Educate you on the link between nutrition and fertility outcomes, as well as the impact it can have on your baby’s future health

  • Boost your fertility with nutrition while undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as ovarian induction, ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and IVF (in-vitro fertilisation procedures)

  • Answer any questions you may have around nutrition and fertility, including the safety of caffeine or alcohol and which foods to avoid

PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, the food a mother consumes provides fuel for the baby’s growth and development. It is important that when you are pregnant you are eating lots of nutritious foods to keep you and your baby healthy. 

Our dietitians can help to:

  • Explain and educate about food safety during pregnancy, including avoiding listeria, mercury and toxins

  • Provide nutrition and dietary advice to help meet the extra demands of pregnancy safely

  • Plan and implement a healthy pregnancy eating plan

  • Encourage a healthy rate of weight gain during pregnancy

  • Manage the different energy and extra nutritional requirements during each stage of pregnancy

BREASTFEEDING

Including a variety of healthy foods can support recovery after pregnancy and breastfeeding. We’ll check in with you about your eating habits, making sure you’re keeping up with the additional nutrition needs of breastfeeding – because let’s face it, you’ve just taken on another full-time job and you need to fuel it - and assist with your transition into motherhood. 

Our dietitians can:

  • Educate you about the important nutrients to consume whilst breastfeeding, such as iodine

  • Plan and implement a healthy breastfeeding eating plan

  • Provide evidence-based recommendations for nutritional supplements whilst breastfeeding

  • Answer any questions you have about breastfeeding

  • Educate about safety during breastfeeding, including how to prevent dehydration and which foods to avoid